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Ukraine: Kiev opposition activists clash with police over council legitimacy00:54

Ukraine: Kiev opposition activists clash with police over council legitimacy

Qatar, Kiev
October 2, 2013 at 12:01 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ukraine: Kiev opposition activists clash with police over council legitimacy

Hundreds of activists and deputies from the opposition of the Kiev City Council stormed the Town Hall building on Wednesday ahead of a disputed plenary session. Protesters threw smoke grenades and clashed with police and special forces who had lined up along the sides of the building.

Opposition activists destroyed fences, constructed by the police around City Hall, and made several attempts to break through the police cordons and enter the building. Some activists were pushed back and detained.

The opposition considers council meetings illegitimate arguing that its five year mandates expired in June, demanding early elections. The opposition also accuses the authorities of avoiding transparency during the election process.

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Ukraine: Kiev opposition activists clash with police over council legitimacy

Hundreds of activists and deputies from the opposition of the Kiev City Council stormed the Town Hall building on Wednesday ahead of a disputed plenary session. Protesters threw smoke grenades and clashed with police and special forces who had lined up along the sides of the building.

Opposition activists destroyed fences, constructed by the police around City Hall, and made several attempts to break through the police cordons and enter the building. Some activists were pushed back and detained.

The opposition considers council meetings illegitimate arguing that its five year mandates expired in June, demanding early elections. The opposition also accuses the authorities of avoiding transparency during the election process.